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Adrian screwing on a flangeOur bees are coming soon, and we need to have a stand ready to put the hive on when they arrive. By following the verbal instructions of David Neel (the president of the Whidbey Island Beekeepers Association–web site by yours truly), we built a hive stand today. Having found nothing like it on the Internet, I thought I’d describe the process.

I found a cedar plank that was left over from building the house and cut it in half with a hand saw. Because I don’t have a power saw, this was easier for me than cutting a piece of plywood to size. I knew that if I connected these planks via braces, they would accommodate the 22 x 16.25-inch dimensions of a Langstroth hive‘s bottom board.Adrian screws one of the legs into the flange

It took two trips to the hardware store, but we eventually gathered:

  • four half-inch galvanized flanges
  • four half-inch galvanized pipes (threaded on both ends). These come in various lengths. Ours are about seven inches long.
  • four half-inch galvanized caps
  • three 6-inch galvanized braces
  • 28 one-and-a-half-inch wood screws.

I marked and pre-drilled holes for the flanges. Or tried to. Both drill batteries were dead thanks to the offspring, who got a talking-to.

Once the flanges were screwed onto the boards, I pre-drilled the braces and screwed those on. Then we put the caps on the pipes and screwed the pipes onto the flanges. I suppose you could do it without the caps, but I found that they offered a cool self-leveling feature. It was easy to loosen or tighten them to level the stand.

Adrian with the hive stand. Legs are in tin-can ant moats.The finished stand looks like a little coffee table. We placed it on six 2 x 8 x 16-inch pavers, and placed tin cans under the legs. Pouring oil in these cans creates a “moat” that prevents ants and other invaders from scaling the legs of the stand and entering the hive. This is why I opted not to use regular cinder blocks or a wooden frame as a stand. I like the idea  of keeping uninvited guests out of the hive.